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Garry Kasparov vs Jonathan Speelman
Linares (1991), Linares ESP, rd 5, Mar-01
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-03-06  Nezhmetdinov: Speelman-is-eloquent-about-the-horrors-of-his-position- -after-22ne4-saying-that"a-true-aesthete-might-have-be- en-tempted-to-resign"
Aug-04-06  euripides: Perhaps this game gave Short the idea of presenting Kasparov with horrible pawn structures to play against in their 1993 match, where Speelman was one of his seconds.
Aug-04-06  xenophon: how did he get away with that?
Aug-05-06  euripides: <xen> The main examples are those where Short plays the black side of the Scotch: search "kasparov short scotch"
May-29-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Maybe if Speelman gets this position against Kasparov again he'll play for a draw more directly with 4...Nc6. 3...Nd4, originated by Ljubojevic, is a weird variation; it looks like a beginner's move, but Black scores very well (over 50%) with it. The obvious response is 4.e3 Nxf3+ 5.Qxf3, when Palliser writes in "Beating Unusual Chess Openings" p. 79, "practice has shown that it is surprisingly hard for White to develop any kind of initiative without his king's knight. Its absence poses problems in terms of pushing through the d4-advance, and Black, given the chance, is quick to clamp down on the d4-square with a kingside fianchetto."
Oct-01-18  Howard: According to Informant 51, the world champion missed 3-4 forced wins in this game !
Oct-01-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: Seems like 38.Rfc1?? squandered Kasparovs last winning chance. 38.c6! is crushing.

38... Bxd6 39.cxd7 Rd8 40.Nc6 Rxd7 41.Nxa5

No better is
38... dxc6 39.Nxc6 Bxd6 40.Nxa5

Dec-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Plaskett: Nobody else but Speelman could have managed to draw that Vs Kasparov. Nobody.

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